supercell Release Music Video For New Single & Announce Official supercell Shop & Cafe
31.July.2019 | MUSIC
The vocalists for supercell’s upcoming new single #Love have been announced. Set to be released on September 11, the song will feature female vocalist Ann and male vocalist gaku.
The two were selected via a vocalist audition held by supercell a while back. This also marks the first time a male singer has featured in a supercell song.
The official music video for #Love feat. Ann, gaku directed by Atsunori Toushi is now available on frontman ryo’s official YouTube channel. You can now also purchase the song for digital download before its official CD release.
An official supercell-themed store called the “spcl shop” and cafe called “Yukkuri Shimau Moto supercell” will open on floor B2F of Ikebukuro P’PARCO for a limited time from August 17 to September 29. As well as the shop and cafe, there will be events too where fans can look back at and appreciate supercell’s past works.
The shop’s merchandise lineup and cafe menu will be posted on supercell’s official website so be sure to check it out if you’re in Tokyo this summer!
#Love feat. Ann, gaku
Release Date: September 11, 2019
・Limited Pressing Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥9,000 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11270～11272] *Includes special paper bag, limited pressing edition exclusive sticker, and special rock glass
・First Press Limited Editon A (CD+Blu-ray): ¥5,000 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11273～11275] *Includes special paper bag and first press limited edition exclusive sticker
・First Press Limited Editon B (CD+DVD): ¥4,800 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11276～11278] *Includes special paper bag and first press limited edition exclusive sticker
・Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,300 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11279]
spcl shop & Yukkuri Shimau Mato supercell Cafe
Location: Ikebukuro P’PARCO FLoor B2F, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Closest Station: 1-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station’s East and North exits
supercell Official Website: https://www.supercell.jp/
Clean Japanese Cosmetics Shop MAKANAI to Open in Kagurazaka
01.June.2020 | FASHION
Kagurazaka-based Japanese ‘clean’ beauty brand MAKANAI are set to open up a store in Kagurazaka, Tokyo on June 5, 2020.
The shop interior was designed by up-and-coming Japanese artists and is based around gold leaf.
The decor features gold leaf-incorporated wall and ceiling art, as well as fragments taken from Kutani ware that became damaged when it was being forged in Ishikawa Prefecture. MAKANAI is a place that prides itself on sustainability.
The main centre table, called the “Ritual Bar,” is made using the stump of a lime tree that is hundreds of years old. It is on this luxurious table that various beauty products are to be displayed. The interior designs, which makes use of wood grain, gives the shop a natural feel to it and feels nice to touch together with the products. It’s a simple yet relaxing and welcoming aesthetic that will have you staying in there for a long time without noticing.
The shop has a smart mirror which uses AI to diagnose your skin type, and there are also workshops too such as “Pure Beauty Rituals” where MAKANAI will teach you how to care for your skin. MAKANAI plans to introduce other exciting things too.
Grand Opening Commemoration Set w/ Tote Bag: ¥10,000 (Before Tax)
To commemorate the store’s opening, customers can purchase a set which comes with face lotion, moisturising oil, and face cream. Normally, all of this would cost ¥13,000 (before tax), but for the opening it will be offered at the special price of ¥10,000. It’s a great MAKANAI starter kit.
Experience MAKANAI’s brand concept of clean Japanese cosmetics for yourself at the official store when it opens on June 5.
Address: 3-1 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
MAKANAI Cosmetics Official Website: https://makanaicosmetics.co.jp/
Attack on Titan Season 4 Trailer Reveals Final Battle and Film Officially Announced
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated season four of Attack on Titan is finally here along with a new key visual. With the animation efforts moved to MAPPA, the new staff have also been revealed including Yuichiro Hayashi as the final season’s director.
The following five statements were released from staff alongside the new trailer, including from Attack on Titan author Hajime Isayama, the final season director Yuichiro Hayashi, the season one director and seasons 2-3 chief director Tetsurō Araki, MAPPA’s CEO Manabu Otsuka, and WIT STUDIO’s CEO George Wada. All comments translated from Japanese by MMN.
Hajime Isayama (Author, Writer and Illustrator, Attack on Titan)
“With this, the entirety of Attack on Titan has been adapted into anime. For that, I give my heartfelt thanks to all of the readers who have supported the series up to now. The manga has been serialised more than 10 years, so we’ve been together for quite some time now. To director [Tetsurō] Araki, WIT STUDIO, everyone in the Storyboard Corps, and everybody else, I would like to thank you for giving me so many happy memories—so many I could die! I would like to continue making more amazing memories together with director [Yuichiro] Hayashi and everyone at MAPPA for the continuation of the Attack on Titan anime!”
Yuichiro Hayashi (Director, Attack on Titan: The Final Season)
“I have been given the responsibility of director for the final season. My heart has been pounding since we’re in the middle of a battle in the anime, and because this is such a huge series. We’ve kindly received full cooperation from everyone at WIT as well as director [Tetsurō] Araki. They have set everything up for us up this point. The quality of the series up to now is thanks to them. The staff have poured blood and sweat into their work. We will continue that as much as possible, and put our utmost best into what we do. So please look forward to the final season of Attack on Titan!!”
Tetsurō Araki (Director, Attack on Titan Season 1 / Chief Director, Attack on Titan Seasons 2-3)
“Our beloved anime series Attack on Titan will continue with an incredible battle formation formed of MAPPA and director Yuichiro Hayashi. We’ve been mutually exchanging information with them and holding meetings for quite a long time now. I’m positive they will piece this out, no doubt about it. We are also really looking forward to seeing the continuation of Eren and everybody else’s journey!”
Manabu Otsuka (CEO, MAPPA)
“Attack on Titan is a series loved by countless fans. It will continue with a great studio, and a team of outstanding creators. I feel motivated at the fact that the studio will be part of the series’s final season. I look forward to us freely forging the final battle.”
George Wada (CEO, WIT STUDIO)
“The final season of Attack on Titan has finally been announced!! It has taken a long time for us to prepare for this, but first and foremost, I’m extremely happy that we have arrived at this point. We laid the foundations for the greatest manga ever, and the greatest team ever will be adapting the final season. I have nothing but high hopes. To all of you out there, please look forward to it!!”
The final chapter of Attack on Titan is nearly upon us. It seems only yesterday that the first season aired and took the world by storm.
In the lead up to the final season, a movie entitled Attack on Titan: Chronicle has also been announced. Releasing on July 17, 2020, it will cover everything in the first three seasons of the anime series.
Attack on Titan: Chronicle Trailer
Attack on Titan: The Final Season Trailer
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
Miyuna Releases New Song & Lyric Video ‘Soleil’ and Announces Live Stream On 18th Birthday
01.June.2020 | MUSIC
17-year-old singer-songwriter Miyuna released her hit track Kan Biiru (Canned Beer) last year which has garnered over 1.5 million views on YouTube. Right now, during the lockdown, Miyuna has been posting a series of videos entitled “Miyuna’s Bedroom” in which she takes comments posted by fans as the basis for lyrics and shows herself making songs from them.
Her album Yurareru dropped last year and charted in at number one on the Chinese music streaming service Netease Cloud Music in the J-pop album category. She was also chosen to as a member of Gibson Generation Group (G3), a program run by musical instrument makers Gibson which endorses its members.
The gap between Miyuna’s musical creativity and her age has built her up a fan base of people both inside and outside Japan. Her music isn’t tied to one genre: it ranges from encouraging messages to the youth to funk, R&B, and beyond.
Her new song, Soleil, was released today, and will be the final song she releases as a 17-year-old. She posted the following comment on the song’s lyric music video.
-Message from Miyuna–
When I return to my beloved hometown, I feel so much at ease, and it gives me that push to work hard again.
That’s what Miyazaki [Prefecture] is to me.
I ask all of you to think back upon your own home towns or your favourite place. I’m sure it will make you feel warm at the chest.
And that’s what this song is about. It flows with that affection and sense of fun.
I look forward to feeling lively together with all of you with this song.
Look forward to hearing it as well as watching the drama series.
*Translated from Japanese by MMN
The song serves as the main theme for the Japanese television drama series Himawari: Miyazaki Legend which will air today and is set in the birth place of Miyuna, Miyazaki Prefecture.
Miyuna has also announced that she will hold a live stream on June 7, 2020 at 20:00 (JST) which is the day of her 18th birthday.
Be sure to stream Soleil and see the singer perform live at 18-years-old for the first time this Sunday.
Release Date: June 1, 2020
Stream/Download Here: https://asab.lnk.to/miyuna_soleil
Miyuna Official Website: https://www.miyunamiyuna.com/
Pokémon Camping Items Released in Collaboration With Pokémon Center and LOGOS
Outdoor brand LOGOS has teamed up with the official Pokémon shop, the Pokémon Center, for the first time to release a new collection of Pokémon-themed camping gear. The items went on sale at Pokémon Center and its website in Japan on May 30, 2020.
The 10 items feature cute retro designs of familiar Pokémon and can be used for outdoor life and everyday use.
The line-up includes a sun shade that can be easily assembled by just taking it out of the bag and opening it, two types of chairs for adults and children, a lightweight cushion, two different floor blankets, a compact and foldable basket, a drinks cooler, a food cooler, and a mini table. The two-person LOGOS pop shade will be released on August 8.
Enjoy a Pokémon picnic or camping trip with this cute new collection from LOGOS and Pokémon Center!
Grapes For Wine Now Being Picked at Shiojiri Station’s Platforms
Shiojiri is a city in central Nagano with a population of 67,000 (as of April 2020). As a tourist destination, it’s a place that goes under the radar, but it’s actually home to the best quality grapes for wine in Japan, and also boasts 17 wineries (as of April 2020).
Shiojiri is a place with many tourist attractions, such as the historical town of Narai-juku whose streets still echo the Edo Period, Kiso-Hirasawa lacquerware, the Hiraide ruins which are one of Japan’s three biggest ruins, Takabotchiyama which has become known for appearing in anime and Japanese drama series in recent years, the local dish “sanzokuyaki” (large fried chicken), and more.
In 1988, the city of Shiojiri began growing grapes at Shiojiri Station to promote the city’s grapes and wine. It has gone on to become famous as the only station in Japan with grape production. They grow Merlot and Niagara grapes.
The station encourages volunteers to help pick the grapes. The first picks of this year’s season began on May 29, and the efforts are being posted about on the city’s official social media accounts and website. The Merlot wine made from the grapes picked in August last year is also ready and will be posted about soon too.
Platforms 3 & 4
Shiojiri Tourism Association Official Website: https://tokimeguri.jp/
TV Anime The Rolling Girls to be Released in 5th Anniversary Blu-ray Box
The Rolling Girls is an anime series produced by Wit Studio that aired in 2015. In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the girly, road movie-like series, the anime will be released in a special Blu-ray box in Japan on December 16, 2020.
The box cover is designed by the series’s character concept artist tanu. The box contains a digipak by character artist Katsuhiko Kitada, a CD featuring new cover songs, and more which is TBA.
The Rolling Girls Blu-ray Box Commercial
A new 5th anniversary animated work is also in production which will feature commemorative illustrations from creators who were involved in the show. It will be produced by Wit Studio and released in autumn this year.
The anime’s writer Yasuyuki Muto as well as the main voice cast Ari Ozawa, Rina Hidaka, Risa Taneda, and Yumiri Hanamori released the following comments regarding the Blu-ray box release. All comments translated from Japanese by MMN.
Yasuyuki Muto (Writer) | Comment
“In the time since this anime aired, even while developing the [Blu-ray] box, the voices of the many fans who supported the staff spin-off reached a lot of people. I don’t think we’ve ever had an example of that before. All of us will work hard to deliver to you a fun little package filled with our gratitude for your support over the past 5 years!”
Ari Ozawa (Voices: Nozomi Moritomo) | Comment
“Congratulations on 5 years! It feels like it’s come around so fast since people have continued to show their love for The Rolling Girls since it finished airing. This Blu-ray box takes the shape of both our love and all of your love for the series. I want to convey my thanks to all staff involved and each and every one of you. Really, thank you so much. I myself will continue to work hard to become a pillar for all of you who are working hard too!”
Rina Hidaka (Voices: Yukina Kosaka) | Comment
“[Yasuyuki] Muto has continued to stir up excitement around The Rolling Girls even after it finished airing. To everyone running the official Twitter account who have continued to send messages of support to keep working hard. To the mob of people who have always loved and cared about The Rolling Girls, even as so many new series have come out in recent years. And to everyone in the staff who have taken on everyone’s enthusiasm and shaped it. Thank you so very much! The characters in this series live their lives as daredevils without being involved in any mobs or gangs. They are incredibly cool. I think they’re sure to lift you up. Here’s hoping that The Rolling Girls wheel continues to spin!”
Risa Taneda (Ai Hibiki) | Comment
“I love this series. From the main show to the spin off, and even the music, everything about it livens me up and gives me courage. Five years on, Ai and the rest of the gang’s adventures feel far from having grown stale. I feel from the bottom of my heart that this series is evolving into something even more vivid and fun. I couldn’t recommend it enough to those who have yet to see it, so I hope you use the box release as an opportunity for us to go on this Rolling Girls journey together!”
Yumiri Hanamori (Chiaya Misono) | Comment
“I’m one person in this mob of girls who continue to roll and who continue to encourage me even to this day. Meeting Chiaya was the best encounter I’ve ever had. It’s made me who I am today. And that’s why I myself am able to roll recklessly [like her] today. And I will continue to roll so that I can become matcha green for someone someday, just like Chiaya and Nonsuke! I will work hard, and so will you!”
©2015 The Rolling Girls Production Committee
The Rolling Girls Blu-ray BOX (*Tentative Title)
Release Date: December 16, 2020
Price: ¥18,000 (Before Tax)
Stock Number: PCXP.50785
The Rolling Girls 5th Anniversary Animation
Release Date: Autumn 2020
The Rolling Girls Official Website: rollinggirls.com
MAXPLAN AZABU10: The New Landmark of Tokyo’s Azabu Juban District
31.May.2020 | SPOT
MAXPLAN Co. is set to open MAXPLAN AZABU10 on October 22, 2020 which is set to become the new symbol and a landmark of Tokyo’s Azabu Juban District. The building will offer many unique and extraordinary experiences.
Nakamura Suzuko (CEO, MAXPLAN Co.) | Comment
“This project borrows the strength of internationally-active architect Kengo Kuma. I am overjoyed to have the opportunity to be a driving force together with him once again. This building, which is the ‘Azabu Juban Development Project,’ will be a place that creates and discovers new collective value between companies and individuals. A place of creative symbiosis. It aims to offer well being for companies that brings about a sense of cultural values. It will be a creative space for companies and individuals to resonate, bounce ideas off, and flow with one another. I pray from the bottom of my heart that these things will serve as a connection to how we want to live in the future.”
Kengo Kuma (Architect) | Comment
“Azabu Juban is Tokyo’s intersection between tradition and the future. I wanted to create a symbol for this district of ‘fluctuations’ around its crossroads. Combining panels of varying sizes with different heights, thicknesses, and textures expresses the district’s diversity and energy. I wanted the building to blend in as part of the ‘fluctuations,’ as well as create a small 3D city which itself has ‘fluctuations’ […]”
We look forward to seeing how this new landmark and symbol of Azabu Juban brings together the traditional and the futuristic.
Building Site: 4-1-1 Azabu Juban, Minato Ward, Tokyo
Access: 1-minute on foot from Azabu Juban Station (via Tokyo Metro Namboku Line and Toei Oedo Line)
Grand Opening: October 2020 (subject to change)
Sailor Moon Area to Arrive at Miniature Theme Park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO in June
The world’s biggest miniature theme park SMALL WORLDS TOKYO has announced that the highly-anticipated Sailor Moon area will open on June 5, 2020.
The Sailor Moon area gives people the chance to be turned into miniature 1/80 scale figurines and live there. In the run up to the grand opening, members of the official Sailor Moon fan club “Pretty Guardians” will have early access to this program from May 29, 2020.
What is SMALL WORLDS TOKYO?
SMALL WORLDS TOKYO is a miniature theme park that opened Ariake district of Tokyo earlier this spring. The park covers an 8,000 square meter area which is split into seven different areas made up of moving miniature models: the Kansai International Airport, the Space Center, World Streets, Sailor Moon, Neon Genesis Evangelion Tokyo-3, and Neon Genesis Evangelion Evangelion Cage.
What is the Sailor Moon figurine program?
The Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon series is set in Tokyo’s Azabu-Juban district, which is the setting for the area in SMALL WORLDS TOKYO. During the day, the series heroines, including Usagi Tsukino, live a lively life in Azabu-Juban. At night when the street lights turn on, the girls transform into Sailor Guardians under the moonlight.
On the opposite side of Azabu-Juban district you can see Crystal Tokyo, a future capital city in the 30th Century which also appears in the original series.
In the exclusive Pretty Guardians fan club area of the exhibit, members will find miniature figurines of themselves, making it feel like they really live in the world of Sailor Moon. More details on this program can be found on the official fan club website.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Area w/ Figure Program
Price: Adults ¥19,800 (Tax Included) / High School Students and younger ¥17,600 (Tax Included)
On Sale: June 5, 2020
*Available to Pretty Guardians fan club members from May 29, 2020
Pretty Guardians Official Website:
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Area w/ Figure Program Ticket Website:
*Open from June 5, 2020 at 13:00 (JST)
SMALL WORLDS TOKYO
Address: Ariake Butsuryu Center, 1-3-33 Ariake, Koto Ward, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 9:00-21:30 (Subject to change on weekends, holidays, and certain periods)
Official Website: http://www.smallworlds.jp/
Garrett Popcorn Releases its Richest Matcha Flavour in Japan
31.May.2020 | FOOD
Chicago-based gourmet popcorn brand Garrett Popcorn Shops® is releasing its strongest matcha flavour to date alongside a new striped tin in Japan on June 1. Both are limited edition products and will be available while supplies last.
Named “Koi Matcha Kinako Kurumi” (Rich Matcha Soy Flour Walnut), the new matcha flavour is 40% stronger than the Matcha Caramel Crisp™ and blends together soybean flour and walnut for an aromatic crunch combination. The matcha holds a pleasant bitter flavour while the soybean flour is subtly sweet and gives off a rich, delightful smell.
The new tin takes Garret Popcorn’s iconic striped design and throws in multiple colours and patterns for vivid effect. Combined with the new matcha flavour, it makes for the perfect home theatre accompaniment while you watch a movie.
Koi Matcha Kinako Kurumi (Japanese Name: 濃抹茶きなこくるみ)
Available: Garret Popcorn Shops® branches in Japan (see below)
*Daily limited stock. Available while supplies last.
Harajuku: June 1, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Shisui Premium Outlets: June 5, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Nagoya: Now until July 16, 2020名古屋店：発売中～7月16日（木）
LaLaport Expo City: June 1, 2020 – July 16, 2020
Small: ¥620 / Medium ¥1,100 / Large ¥1,720 / Jumbo ¥3,450 / Quarter Tin ¥4,175 / 1 Gallon Tin ¥4,400 / 2 Gallon Tin ¥8,400
*Jumbo and 2 Gallon Tin sizes exclusive to the Shisui Premium Outlets and LaLaport Expo City branches of Garret Popcorn Shops®.
Official Website: http://jpgarrettpopcorn.com/
Peach John’s New Lingerie Set is Inspired by Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’
31.May.2020 | FASHION
Peach John introduced a new design to its “Kisho no Bra” lingerie line on May 27, 2020. The items in the line are inspired by famous paintings.
The first collection to be released in the line hit shelves last year. The items look inspiration from Claude Monet, Alphonse Mucha, and Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and were a huge hit amongst buyers for their delicate lacework, prints, and colour variations.
Kisho no Bra – Gogh Yellow: ¥3,980 (Before Tax) [Sizes: B-F Cup, UB 65/70/75]
Kisho no Panties Song – Gogh Yellow: ¥1,480 (Before Tax) [Sizes: S, M, L]
For the second entry to the line, Peach John are introducing a “Gogh Yellow” collection inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers. Vivid sunflowers have been embroidered into the lingerie items to recreate the delicate art piece.
The bra and panties both maintain a feminine design while still conveying the wonder of the original artwork, making it an expression of both art and beauty.
Kisho no Bra – Gogh Yellow
Release Date: May 27, 2020
Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki to be Sold at FamilyMart Convenience Stores in Japan
30.May.2020 | FOOD
With shops and businesses temporarily closed as a result of lockdown measures in Japan, Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart is currently collaborating with famous shops around Japan. They recently teamed up with famous matcha company Kanbayashi Shunsho Honten to stock some authentic matcha treats on its shelves.
For its 5th collaboration, FamilyMart is collaborating with Eitaro Sohonpo, a Japanese confectionery store that has been around since 1818, to bring the company’s brown sugar syrup dorayaki to their own shelves from May 29, 2020. Since being released in December 2018, the dessert has been sold over 1 million times.
The dorayaki is made with Eitaro Sohonpo’s brown sugar syrup and coarse sweet red bean paste. Each and every ingredient is chosen with care to create this luxurious dessert. The adzuki beans are soaked in a brown sugar syrup made from sugar from Okinawa Prefecture. It’s also made with whole soybean soy sauce and a whipped cream that’s made from a blend of fresh Hokkaido cream and 26% milk.
The dorayaki pastry is soaked in brown sugar syrup which when eaten with the whipped cream and coarse sweet bean paste makes it truly a dessert for the gods.
Eitaro Sohonpo – Brown Sugar Syrup Dorayaki (Japanese Name: 黒みつしみうま生どら焼)
Price: ¥298 (Tax Included)
Release Date: May 29, 2020
Available: Japan (Except Okinawa)
FamilyMart Official Website: https://www.family.co.jp/
Street Fighter V Costume Design Contest Launched by Capcom
30.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Street Fighter V was released back in 2016, and continues to enjoy a dedicated player base thanks to the ongoing updates. Street Fighter V: Champion Edition was released on February 14, 2020, featuring the original game and all of the content up to Season IV.
Capcom has now confirmed Season 5 which will roll out five new characters. Three new stages are also being planned. Capcom will also host a costume content for fans to design the outfits for the five new characters.
Season V: The Final Season is Now in Development
Season V is set to be final season to be released for Street Fighter V, which has garnered the support of many fans since its release back in 2016. Five new characters have been decided on and are now in development together with three new stages. More information is scheduled to roll out this summer.
Leave Your Name in Street Fighter History With the Costume Contest
One aspect of Street Fighter V that players love are the amount of costumes you can put characters in. Fans can see their favourite characters not just in their regular outfits, but in something more cool or even comical.
This is about to become even more fun as Capcom announces the launch of an official costume contest. Two costumes will be chosen from submissions based on votes by players. This is their chance to make their mark in Street Fighter history.
Pictured above are concept pieces designed by the Street Fighter V staff. Try designing something that really makes you outfit stand out from the rest.
Click here for more details on how to participate.
EX09 Colours Released Free Of Charge For All 40 Characters
While we’re still a while way from Season V, Capcom decided to release the EX09 colour for all 40 characters on Wednesday free of charge, an awesome combination of black and red.
©CAPCOM U.S.A., INC. 2016, 2020 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Street Fighter V: Champion Edition
Platforms: PlayStation®4 / PC
Players: 1-2 (2-8 Online
CERO Rating: B
Official Website: https://streetfighter.com/